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Klinsmann's warm-up suit auctioned for charity

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BERLIN, Aug 9 (Reuters) Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann's World Cup warm-up suit and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger's boots were among 4,000 items of World Cup memorabilia auctioned off that raised 70,000 euros (90,190 dollars) for charity.

Germany World Cup organising committee officials said on Wednesday that the sweat-stained warm-up suit worn by Klinsmann, who stepped down after the finals, went to a winning bid of 620 euros while 500 euros was paid for Schweinsteiger's boots.

A ball signed by Germany players, third in the tournament they hosted, fetched 1,750 euros, Germany's organising committee said after two auctions held in Munich on August 5, where 45,000 euros was raised, and Kaiserslautern on August 7.

Four further auctions of World Cup items, everything from potted plants to the goals on the pitch, will be held in the weeks ahead.

Proceeds are going to a charity foundation named after organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer and another named after former West German captain Fritz Walter.

REUTERS PM KP1956

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